Edgar Meyer

In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. His unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. 

As a solo classical bassist, Mr. Meyer can be heard on a concerto album with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff featuring Bottesini and Meyer concertos both alone and with Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell. He has also recorded three of Bach's Unaccompanied Suites for Cello and in 2015 was honored with his fifth Grammy® Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental album for his Bass & Mandolin collaboration with Chris Thile. 

As a composer his music has been premiered and recorded by Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Hilary Hahn, and the Emerson String Quartet, among others. He has collaborated with Chris Thile, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mark O'Connor, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Mike Marshall, and Amy Dorfman, among others. His debut album in 1985 featured the first public appearance of Strength in Numbers, whose members were Bush, Douglas, Fleck, O'Connor, and Meyer. 

Mr. Meyer began studying bass at the age of five under the instruction of his father and then with Stuart Sankey. In 1994 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. Currently, he teaches bass in partnership with Hal Robinson at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. 

For more on Edgar Meyer and to view his updated calendar of events, visit http://edgarmeyer.com.

 

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